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  • Paperback: 1250 pages
  • Publisher: Jordan Publishing Limited; 2nd edition (16 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846613124
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846613128
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 15.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 760,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Friston is a barrister based in Manchester and Leeds. He is an expert in all aspects of costs and litigation funding.

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those on the frontline of costs disputes should have this work surgically attached to them … significant contribution to the vast cost landscape --New Law Journal

a new and refreshing work ... reader friendly ... practical and sensible guidance ... covering all topics concerning the assessment of civil costs ... should find its place near to every civil litigator and judge --Costs Lawyers

the Bible of the legal costs world ... if you haven't ordered a copy, do so now --GWS Law

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Dr Mark Friston Barrister, Kings Chambers, Manchester

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon Gibbs on 25 Sep 2012
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The First Edition of Mark Friston's Civil Costs: Law and Practice quickly established itself as the definitive work on the subject. The much anticipated Second Edition has now been published. This is no minor update.

The book jumps from an already impressive 1,245 pages plus indexing to a massive 1,510 plus indexing. Naturally it includes the latest costs law developments since the last edition, covering cases such as Motto v Trafigura and Simcoe v Jacuzzi UK Group. There is a major update on the ever changing Part 36 regime and a fully revised section on the RTA Portal scheme.

I was somewhat concerned about the timing of this Second Edition. Publication comes as we are in the throes of Jackson implementation. The book states that it gives the law as at April 2012. Recent months have seen the piecemeal publication of some, incomplete, new rules that will be introduced from April 2013, that have not made it into the new edition. The next few months will see a flurry of new rules covering issues such as Qualified One-way Costs Shifting. These have inevitably not made it into the new edition. Of course, much of the reforms will not be retrospective and the law will remain unchanged in respect of many cases for years to come. However, the book advises, in respect of the Jackson reforms, that "When more information is available, an appendix to this chapter will be published on the Internet".

This is the perfect solution to the problem the author faced. The reader is now provided with a work that will cover the law as it currently stands and will have available an update to deal with the new changes.
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By Phillip Taylor TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 July 2014
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DISPUTES OVER COSTS! THIS BOOK IS THE BIBLE FOR ALL CIVIL LITIGATORS AND ‘COST GEEKS’ IN GENERAL -- NOW IN A NEW UPDATED EDITION

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Civil litigators, costs draftsmen and the Judiciary will certainly bless this book, described by many as ‘the Bible of the legal costs world’– and now in a new second edition via Jordan Publishing.

From costs practitioners to solicitors with management responsibilities, lawyers -- as the author, Mark Friston, reminds us -- depend for their financial success on ‘having a firm grasp of the law of costs.’ And, indeed, a firm handle on all issues and ramifications relating to costs is provided for you in this authoritative and indispensible book, which, says Friston, meets the need for a practitioners’ text focused solely on the law rather than on policy and which is detailed and fully referenced.

Barristers as well as solicitors will certainly appreciate that, in the author’s words, ‘most of the relevant law is included in such a way as to avoid the need to consult reports or other texts.’ This in our view is a major advantage. Under pressure, one has little spare time to ferret out all the relevant authorities.

Over 1,500 pages in length, the book is divided in 7 parts across 43 chapters. Obviously the contents are too extensive and various to relate in detail here, so we shall mention only a few of the issues which particularly caught our eye, including retainers (at least 3 chapters on those) and Part VI which focuses on the quantum of costs (between the parties).
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Disputes over costs! 27 July 2014
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Format: Paperback
DISPUTES OVER COSTS! THIS BOOK IS THE BIBLE FOR ALL CIVIL LITIGATORS AND ‘COST GEEKS’ IN GENERAL -- NOW IN A NEW UPDATED EDITION

An appreciation by Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Civil litigators, costs draftsmen and the Judiciary will certainly bless this book, described by many as ‘the Bible of the legal costs world’– and now in a new second edition via Jordan Publishing.

From costs practitioners to solicitors with management responsibilities, lawyers -- as the author, Mark Friston, reminds us -- depend for their financial success on ‘having a firm grasp of the law of costs.’ And, indeed, a firm handle on all issues and ramifications relating to costs is provided for you in this authoritative and indispensible book, which, says Friston, meets the need for a practitioners’ text focused solely on the law rather than on policy and which is detailed and fully referenced.

Barristers as well as solicitors will certainly appreciate that, in the author’s words, ‘most of the relevant law is included in such a way as to avoid the need to consult reports or other texts.’ This in our view is a major advantage. Under pressure, one has little spare time to ferret out all the relevant authorities.

Over 1,500 pages in length, the book is divided in 7 parts across 43 chapters. Obviously the contents are too extensive and various to relate in detail here, so we shall mention only a few of the issues which particularly caught our eye, including retainers (at least 3 chapters on those) and Part VI which focuses on the quantum of costs (between the parties).

Here you’ll find detailed examination of, for example, hourly rates, assessment of time, disbursements, counsel’s fees, fixed costs (including small claims and fast track costs), VAT and more. Also particularly interesting are the chapters on the history and the language of costs.

Learned, scholarly and thorough in his work, the author Mark Friston is additionally rather droll. Referring to the wealth of new material in this new edition, he remarks that ‘there is much (here) to excite the costs geek’. The updates, he says although too numerous to summarise, ‘range from better cross-referencing through to new and rewritten chapters’. The publishers add in general that the extensive revisions include material on the Jackson reforms, the SRA Code of Conduct 2011 and of course, much more.

Although primarily a practitioner’s text, students, academics and legal researchers will appreciate the mine of references and research tools, including numerous tables and charts -- and, as you would expect, extensive tables of cases, statutes, and statutory instruments, plus a table of practice directions and protocols and a detailed index.

So, practitioners tip-toeing into the lions’ den of judicial argument on costs will do so with infinitely greater confidence armed with this new edition of ‘Civil Costs’.

The law is brought up to date to 31 March 2012.
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